Site Activity
This page provides a monthly listing of publication activity on the Medical Policy Portal including Policy Notifications, New Policies, Updated Policies, Coding Updates, Reissued Policies, and Archived Policies. To view publication activity from prior months, select Past Site Activity.

Past Site Activity
 
                                                                                                        

Notifications
The following Independence Blue Cross Medicare Advantage policies have been posted prior to their effective date.
MA09.002g, High-Technology Radiology Services
Notification: 08/01/2018 | Effective: 10/29/2018 | Posted: 08/01/2018
Type of policy change: General Description, Guidelines, or Informational Update


New Policies
The following Medicare Advantage policies have been newly developed to communicate coverage and/or reimbursement positions, reporting requirements, and other processes and procedures for doing business with Independence Blue Cross.
MA00.049, Consultation Services
Notification: 05/03/2018 | Effective: 08/01/2018 | Posted: 08/01/2018
Type of policy change: This is a new policy.

MA08.099, Burosumab-twza (Crysvita®)
Effective: 08/13/2018 | Posted: 08/13/2018
Type of policy change: This is a new policy.

MA08.097, Triamcinolone Acetonide Extended-Release Injectable (Zilretta™)
Notification: 07/20/2018 | Effective: 08/20/2018 | Posted: 08/20/2018
Type of policy change: This is a new policy.


Updated Policies
The following Medicare Advantage policies have been reviewed and updated to communicate current coverage and/or reimbursement positions, reporting requirements, and other procedures for doing business with Independence Blue Cross.
MA03.003e, Modifier 25: Significant, Separately Identifiable Evaluation and Management Service by the Same Physician or Other Qualified Health Care Professional on the Same Day of the Procedure or Other Service
Notification: 05/03/2018 | Effective: 08/01/2018 | Posted: 08/01/2018
Type of policy change: Coverage and/or Reimbursement Position

MA12.002a, Nonemergency Ambulance Transport
Effective: 08/13/2018 | Posted: 08/13/2018
Type of policy change: Coverage and/or Reimbursement Position


Reissue Policies
The following Medicare Advantage policies have been reviewed, and no substantive changes were made.
MA11.055c, Procedures for the Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Reissue Effective: 08/01/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/02/2018

MA10.004d, Chiropractic Services
Reissue Effective: 08/01/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/02/2018

MA05.058a, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulators (NMES) and Functional Electrical Stimulators (FES)
Reissue Effective: 08/01/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/02/2018

MA11.096b, Percutaneous Discectomy
Reissue Effective: 08/02/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/02/2018

MA05.043a, Mechanical Stretching Devices for the Treatment of Joint Stiffness or Contractures
Reissue Effective: 08/16/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/16/2018

MA05.067, Leadless Pacemakers
Reissue Effective: 08/16/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/16/2018

MA05.001a, High-Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation Devices
Reissue Effective: 08/16/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/16/2018

MA05.034, Tracheostomy Care Supplies
Reissue Effective: 08/16/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/16/2018

MA11.028d, Sacral Nerve Stimulation (SNS) and Posterior Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) for the Control of Incontinence
Reissue Effective: 08/16/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/16/2018

MA05.007b, Nebulizers and Inhalation Solutions
Reissue Effective: 08/16/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/16/2018

MA05.004c, Pneumatic Compression Therapy Devices
Reissue Effective: 08/16/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/16/2018

MA05.032, Power Wheelchairs (PWCs), Power-Operated Vehicles (POVs), and Push-Rim Activated Power-Assist Devices
Reissue Effective: 08/16/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/16/2018

MA05.046c, Wheelchair Options and Accessories
Reissue Effective: 08/16/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/16/2018

MA07.047d, Pain Management of Peripheral Nerves by Injection
Reissue Effective: 08/16/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/16/2018

MA09.011a, Electron Beam Computed Tomography (EBCT) for Screening Evaluations
Reissue Effective: 08/15/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/16/2018

MA06.018a, Immune Cell Function Assay
Reissue Effective: 08/29/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/29/2018

MA06.011a, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Genotyping and Phenotyping
Reissue Effective: 08/29/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/29/2018

MA00.022, Intravenous (IV) Administration of Fluids as a Treatment of a Medical Condition or for the Preparation of Pharmaceuticals, Biologics, and other Substances
Reissue Effective: 08/29/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/29/2018

MA06.020a, Autologous Blood Services (Collection, Storage, Transfusion, and Perioperative Salvage)
Reissue Effective: 08/29/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/29/2018

MA00.040, Facility Reporting of Observation Services
Reissue Effective: 08/29/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/29/2018

MA09.010a, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Contrast Agents
Reissue Effective: 08/29/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/29/2018

MA06.029, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring for Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, and Antiepileptics
Reissue Effective: 08/29/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/29/2018

MA06.023b, Nerve Fiber Density Testing
Reissue Effective: 08/29/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/29/2018

MA06.014c, Pharmacogenetics and Metabolite Monitoring for Using Azathioprine (AZA)/6-Mercaptopurine (6-MP) Therapy
Reissue Effective: 08/29/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/29/2018

MA06.013b, Serodiagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and the Prometheus® IBD sgi Diagnostic™ Test
Reissue Effective: 08/29/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/29/2018

MA11.039c, Cochlear Implantation
Reissue Effective: 08/29/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/29/2018

MA11.103a, Chemical Peels
Reissue Effective: 08/29/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/29/2018

MA11.083a, Orthognathic Surgery
Reissue Effective: 08/30/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/30/2018

MA11.080a, Mentoplasty or Genioplasty
Reissue Effective: 08/30/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/30/2018

MA11.075a, Rhytidectomy and/or Cervicoplasty With or Without Liposuction and/or Platysmaplasty
Reissue Effective: 08/30/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/30/2018

MA11.070a, Lipectomy and Liposuction
Reissue Effective: 08/30/2018 | Reissue Posted: 08/30/2018


Archived Policies
Independence Blue Cross has determined that it is no longer necessary for the following Medicare Advantage policy to remain active.
MA00.035, Home Visits by a Physician
Notification: 08/10/2018 | Archive Effective: 09/10/2018 | Posted: 08/10/2018










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